Ju­lia is queen of the oche 42 years apart

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by Mark Plum­mer

JU­LIA Patch­ett is the queen of lo­cal darts again - 42 years af­ter first be­ing crowned!

The GPO B thrower is cel­e­brat­ing win­ning her sec­ond Peter­bor­ough Ladies Clubs League sin­gles ti­tle.

Patch­ett took the prize af­ter com­ing from be­hind to beat Jill Dewbury of the New Eng­land Club in the fi­nal as she got her hands on a tro­phy she first held back in 1968.

Back then Patch­ett, who has been a dab hand on the oche since the age of 11, was play­ing for the North­fields pub which was run by her par­ents Wally and Jean Mor­gan.

Her lat­est sin­gles suc­cess formed part of an hon­ours quadru­ple for her GPO B team at the end of a sea­son to savour.

The mother-of-four, whose late hus­band Mau­rice was a well­known fig­ure on the lo­cal darts scene, said: “I stopped play­ing darts for about 25 years, but I got back into mixed dou­bles with Mau­rice and we ended up play­ing for the Post Of­fice.

“I went a long time with­out play­ing but I think I’m ac­tu­ally a bet­ter player now, so I’m re­ally glad I got back into it.

“I was run­ner-up in the sin­gles two years ago and man­aged to win it for a sec­ond time this year.

“The whole team have en­joyed a won­der­ful sea­son. They are a won­der­ful bunch and have been ever so kind to me since I lost my hus­band.”

Patch­ett won 22 of her 24 games while help­ing the GPO B team to league ti­tle hon­ours.

She was joined in a team skip­pered by Carol Haynes by Jane Sut­terby, Janet Evans, Jackie Keen, Re­becca Clifton, Emma Clifton and Lisa Cun­ning­ton.

Patch­ett was also a mem­ber of GPO B’s tri­umphant fours team along with Haynes, Sut­terby and Evans and formed a suc­cess­ful al­liance with Deb­bie Sim­monds from Mitchells Club to win the Spin the Board event.

That meant she left the league’s re­cent pre­sen­ta­tion night at the Yax­ley Royal Bri­tish Le­gion armed with plenty of sil­ver­ware - just as she had done back in 1968 when the prizes were dished out at the Drill Hall.

THEN AND NOW: Ju­lia Patch­ett with the Ladies Clubs League sin­gles prize in 1968 (left) and 42 years later (right) af­ter win­ning the ti­tle again.

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